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Proudly moving forward at Ennis High School

We’ve said quite a bit about the Ennis Independent School District this week, but we have to say this, too: Cheers to the candor shown by Ennis High School Principal David Averett.

Accountability ratings for the district’s high school, rated Academically Unacceptable after evaluation this year, cannot be dodged, dressed up or dismissed. Averett wisely wouldn’t do that.

Instead: “There are no excuses,” he said. “We have to do a better job.”

Pride only scratches the surface of the feeling that rises when a school administrator takes the bull by the horns in a public arena like that.

It doesn’t, however, diminish the task at hand for the school’s administrators and teachers. It’s time to roll up the sleeves and get to work, and they are ready to do just that.

Two years ago, Ennis Junior High School was faced with similar circumstances. Then, it was science that was the stumbling block for a specific subset of the student population, and this year’s hurdle was math at EHS.

We hate to see the skills that are so vital to our country’s future development in technology and science leadership represent a problem for local students, and so do our district’s educators. They’re meeting throughout the summer to try and address the deficiencies, and that is encouraging news for parents and stakeholders dismayed by EHS’ accountability slip.

Attacking the problem proactively and with an Ennis Lion-sized attitude is the only way we can see change coming in the short term. It’s going to take student enthusiasm that matches or exceeds the input of the school’s administration in order to realize the goals, though, which is where the responsibility of the children and their parents is clearly visible.

It’s a team effort, something that is familiar to all of us. It’s a no-brainer for us to get behind it, as well.

The honest evaluation from the school’s highest leader is a welcome approach, and we’re encouraged that the 2011-12 school year will start with that level of enthusiasm for positive change.

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